For over a century, the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago has been a leading center of scholarship, research and teaching in psychology and related fields.

Edward S. Awh

Professor

Office phone: (773) 834-4703
Fax: (773) 834-3816
Office: BPSB 125B

Ed Awh is a professor in the Department of Psychology, The Institute for Mind and Biology, and the Grossman Institute for Neuroscience, Quantitative Biology and Human Behavior. His laboratory focuses on behavioral and neural studies of memory and attention.

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Wilma A. Bainbridge

Assistant Professor

Office phone: (773) 702-3189
Fax: (773) 702-0886
Office: Beecher Hall 303

Wilma A. Bainbridge is joining the University of Chicago faculty in January 2020 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. Her research focuses on the cognitive neuroscience of perception and memory, looking at how certain items are intrinsically more memorable than others, and how the brain is sensitive to this information.

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Akram Bakkour

Assistant Professor

Akram Bakkour joined the Department of Psychology as an Assistant Professor in July 2020. His research focuses on the cognitive neuroscience of memory and decision making. He is interested in exploring the cognitive and neural mechanisms by which relational memory supports value-based decision making in health and disease.

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Lin Bian

Assistant Professor

Lin Bian is joining the Department of Psychology as an Assistant Professor in January 2021. Her research examines the development of social cognition, with an emphasis on children’s reasoning about social categories.

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Jean Decety

Irving B. Harris Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago and the College

Office phone: (773) 834-3711
Fax: (773) 702-0886
Office: Kelly Hall 308
Labs: Kelly Hall 310, 312, 314, 315
Child NeuroSuite: Beecher 302, 312

Jean Decety studies the psychological and neural mechanisms of moral cognition and social decision-making in young children and grownups by using behavioral economics and functional neuroimaging.

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David A. Gallo

Professor; Chair, Department of Psychology

Office phone: (773) 834-3701
Fax: (773) 702-0886
Office: Kelly Hall 303
Labs: Kelly Hall 309, 311, 313

David A. Gallo joined the faculty of the University of Chicago in 2005. He researches the basic neurocognitive processes of human memory, how we actively (and sometimes inaccurately) reconstruct the past, and how healthy aging and Alzheimer’s disease affect these processes. For more detailed information, visit the Memory Lab Webpage.

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Susan Goldin-Meadow

Beardsley Ruml Distinguished Service Professor

Office phone: (773) 702-2585
Fax: (773) 702-0886
Lab phone: (773) 702-1562
Office: Green Hall 408
Labs: Green Hall 510

Susan Goldin-Meadow is the Beardsley Ruml Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Psychology and Committee on Human Development at the University of Chicago. Her current work investigates the gestures that accompany speech in hearing individuals.

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Leslie M. Kay

Professor

Office phone: (773) 702-6174
Fax: (773) 702-6898
Lab phone: (773) 702-3174, (773) 834-9022
Office: BPSB 331

Leslie Kay has been at The University of Chicago since 2000. Her laboratory (http://kaylab.uchicago.edu) studies olfactory and limbic system neurophysiology, focusing on the mechanisms and functions associated with intra- and inter-regional oscillatory cooperativity.

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Boaz Keysar

William Benton Professor

Office phone: (773) 702-5830
Fax: (773) 702-0886
Lab Phone: (773) 702-9081
Office: Beecher Hall 213
Lab: Beecher Hall 208

Academic Appointments

  • Chair, Cognition Program, 2005-present
  • Professor, The University of Chicago, July 2002 - present
  • Associate Professor, The University of Chicago, July 1995 - June 2002
  • Assistant Professor, The University of Chicago, July 1991 - June 1995
  • Post-doctoral Scholar, Stanford University, September 1989 - June 1991

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Katherine D. Kinzler

Professor

Office phone: (773) 702-0710
Fax: (773) 702-0886
Lab Phone: (773) 834-5631
Office: Green Hall 201
Lab: Kelly Hall 209

Katherine D. Kinzler is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago. Her research sits at the intersection of developmental and social psychology.  Her work focuses on the origins of prejudice and ingroup/outgroup thinking, with an emphasis on understanding how language and accent mark social groups. She is also interested in food cognition and moral psychology. Please visit the Development of Social Cognition Lab for current projects, collaborators, and media.

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Susan C. Levine

Rebecca Anne Boylan Professor in Education and Society

Office phone: (773) 702-8844
Fax: (773) 702-0886
Lab phone: (773) 834-4170
Office: Green Hall 403
Lab: Green Hall 401

Susan Levine joined the faculty at the University of Chicago in 1976. She is the director of the UChicago Science of Learning Center. Her research focuses on the malleability of language, math, and spatial skills. Ongoing projects examine the role of various kinds of instruction in children’s learning trajectories.

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Sarah London

Associate Professor

Office phone: (773) 834-4302
Fax: (773) 702-6898
Office: BPSB 125C

Sarah London received her PhD in Neuroscience from UCLA. She completed her postdoctoral research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is interested in how the brain develops, especially how early experience can alter neural function and behavior.

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Daniel Margoliash

Professor

Office phone: (773) 702-3224
Fax: (773) 702-0037
Office: Anatomy Building 224

I was trained by Mark Konishi during my graduate studies at Caltech and by Nobuo Suga during my postdoctoral studies at Washington University. In my own work, I try to maintain the neuroethological perspective that their work has so elegantly embodied.

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Greg J. Norman

Associate Professor

Office phone: (773) 834-1026
Fax: (773) 702-0886
Office: Green Hall 414

Greg J. Norman joined the faculty at the University of Chicago in 2012 as an Assistant Professor of Psychology with a secondary appointment in Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience.

Research Interests

• Social neuroscience

• Psychophysiology

• Behavioral endocrinology

• Behavioral genetics

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Howard C. Nusbaum

Stella M. Rowley Professor of Psychology

Office phone: (773) 702-6468
Fax: (773) 702-0886
Lab phone: (773) 834-1986
Office: Beecher Hall 408
Labs: Beecher Hall 402, 404, 406, 410

Research Interests

Wisdom, language use, attention, learning, memory consolidation and sleep, working memory, understanding, affect, categorization, cognitive neuropharmocology, cognitive engineering and human factors

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Brian J. Prendergast

Professor

Office phone: (773) 702-2895
Fax: (773) 702-0886
Lab phone: (773) 702-8441
Office: BPSB 324
Lab: BPSB 301, 302, 303

Brian Prendergast has been at the University of Chicago since 2003.

Research Interests

Psychoneuroimmunology

  • Bidirectional interactions between biological clocks and the immune system
  • Neural mechanisms of sickness behavior, motivational changes, and depression
  • Chronic disease and brain function: neuroinflammatory processes and HPA axis

Behavioral neuroendocrinology

  • Neuroendocrine, molecular and epigenetic mechanisms of biological timing

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Monica Rosenberg

Assistant Professor

Office phone: (773) 702-8869
Fax: (773) 702-0886
Office: Beecher Hall 313

Monica Rosenberg joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2019. Her research explores how we pay attention, and how insights from attention research can help improve focus. In particular, she builds models that predict individual differences in attention and cognition from patterns of brain connectivity measured using functional neuroimaging. 

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Alex Shaw

Assistant Professor

Office phone: (773) 702-1534
Fax: (773) 702-0886
Office: Green Hall 409

Alex Shaw joined the faculty at The University of Chicago in 2015 as an Assistant Professor of Psychology. Broadly he is interested in how human beings navigate the complex social world by tracking each others' reputations and by signaling to others. 

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Steven K. Shevell

Eliakim Hastings Moore Distinguished Service Professor of Psychology and Ophthalmology & Visual Science

Office phone: (773) 702-8842
Fax: (773) 702-6898
Lab phone: (773) 702-9412
Office: BPSB 125D
Lab: BPSB 112

Steven Shevell is the Eliakam Hastings Moore Distinguished Service Professor of Psychology and Ophthalmology & Visual Science, and a faculty member in the graduate program in Computational Neuroscience. He is also chair of the Psychology Department’s graduate program in Integrative Neuroscience.

Research Interests

  • Human vision (especially color vision)
  • Mathematical psychology

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Richard A. Shweder

Harold Higgins Swift Distinguished Service Professor

Office phone: (773) 702-1524
Office: Rosenwald Hall 305B

Richard A. Shweder is a cultural anthropologist and the William Claude Reavis Distinguished Service Professor of Human Development at the University of Chicago. His recent research examines the scopes and limits of pluralism and the multicultural challenge in Western liberal democracies. 

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Edward K. Vogel

Professor

Office phone: (773) 834-3816
Fax: (773) 834-3816
Office: BPSB 125A

Ed Vogel is a professor in the Department of Psychology, The Institute for Mind and Biology, and the Grossman Institute for Neuroscience, Quantitative Biology and Human Behavior. His recent work has centered on characterizing neural mechanisms underlying brief lapses of attention and how they contribute to individual differences in overall cognitive ability.

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Amanda Woodward

William S. Gray Distinguished Service Professor of Psychology; Dean, Division of the Social Sciences

Office phone: (773) 834-1375
Fax: (773) 702-0886
Office: Green Hall 412
Labs: Green Hall 212-216, 222

Amanda Woodward joined the faculty at the University of Chicago in 1993. Amanda Woodward is the William S. Gray Professor of Psychology and Dean of the Division of the Social Sciences. Her research investigates social cognition during infancy and early childhood.  In particular, she and her students are interested in how children reason about and learn from the actions of other people.

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Jai Yu

Assistant Professor

Jai Yu joined the Department of Psychology in 2020 as an Assistant Professor.  His research aims towards understanding the neurophysiological mechanisms that enable the transformation of experience into knowledge. 

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